Ghost Stories

6.24.10 - Camden (Graham Lucas)


Jams of the Day:

Here are two scorching and under the radar, first-set “Ghosts” from Fall ’98.

11.15.98 Murfreesboro, TN



11.19.98 Winston-Salem, NC




11.24.1998 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT < Torrent

11.24.1998 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT < Megaupload

Keeping in line with the musical theme of the day, this show from New Haven Coliseum during Fall ’98 features a rather large “Ghost,” as part of a powerful, set-opening “Ghost > Halley’s > Tweezer” triumvirate.

I: Down with Disease, The Moma Dance, Ginseng Sullivan, Stash, Brian and Robert, Limb By Limb, Sample in a Jar, Tela, Chalk Dust Torture

II: Ghost > Halley’s Comet > Tweezer > Possum, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Character Zero

E: Suzy Greenberg*, Tweezer Reprise

*w/ Dude of Life on vocals

Source: Schoeps CMC6/MK41 > Apogee AD1000 > Sony TCD-D8

802 Responses to “Ghost Stories”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    @lycan, Fall ’73 especially is basically right there with the ’74 stuff. I actually like it a little better.

    Really it starts in Europe ’72 with the ginormous Dark Stars, explodes later that summer in Veneta, and is in full roaring effect by Fall ’72 into the early ’73 stuff…summer ’73 is a bit of a falloff for me, only slightly…then fall ’73 through 8-6-74 is the peakiest peak for my kind of GD music

  2. Luther T. Justice Says:

    @Mr. C

    I haven’t been around too much lately due to work but I was curious about the Furthur shows you went to. Did they sway you? Are you wearing a JK shirt right now?

  3. guitarpicker420! Says:

    December ’73 is extra sweet because Donna is on maternity leave. No screaching wails to break up an awesome Playin’ or Greatest Story.

  4. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ’73 Winterland Box set is the shiznit. Can’t go wrong there. 35 minute Dark Star anyone?

  5. Luther T. Justice Says:

    A 35 minute Dark Star is not long enough.

  6. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ” A 35 minute Dark Star is not long enough.”

    It’s perfect if your baking chicken in the oven. Place chicken in over. Press play on 11.11.73 Dark star. Dark Star ends, take chicken out of oven.. ready to serve. Works every time,

  7. guitarpicker420! Says:

    @Mr. Palmer – that’s brilliant

  8. Luther T. Justice Says:

    “It’s perfect if your baking chicken in the oven. Place chicken in over. Press play on 11.11.73 Dark star. Dark Star ends, take chicken out of oven.. ready to serve. Works every time,”

    ^I like the way you think Mr. P.

  9. gavinsdad Says:

    pretty peg
    row jim
    she belongs to me!
    black pete
    comes a time
    high time
    stagger lee

    ^all gorgeous

    listened to alot of englishtown 77 again today….jerry’s voice is just precious…tasty tasty eyes and what i guess is a janky but still chilling terrapin (filler i think).

    i think for the big boys terrapin is my spiritual go to (a rare and different tune…duh) and eyes is my feel good jam of jams. then all the stuff i listed above kills me in so many ways.

    dont sleep on the lyrics to built to last or lazy river road and many of the “newer” tunes as they have serious merit. hunter is in a class by himself. dont mean to sound like i’m lecturing…just got caught in an I love the GD moment.

  10. guitarpicker420! Says:

    The first time I saw Loser live it was like going to church.

  11. Luther T. Justice Says:

    I really love Days Between. If only they had had more time to develop it.

  12. Mr.Palmer Says:

    Decided to 11.17.73 Pauley Pav. a spin. HCS is another great, sometimes overlooked song/jam. Love it. LL Rain…not so much.

  13. angryjoggerz Says:

    Days Between and Lazy River Road are also favs of mine, but probably becuase of the era that I saw the band the most. Hell, I even like Wave to the Wind.

  14. Luther T. Justice Says:

    The Days Between lyrics really took on meaning to me when Jerry passed.

  15. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Phil is dropping some serious bombs on the Mighty Quinn encore. Overall, a really, really nice show. Highly recommend giving 12-29-88 a listen.

  16. angryjoggerz Says:

    Dark Star Chicken: Great for empty stomach and heads

  17. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I had always heard that the Days Between was inspired by a girl who prostituted herself to stay on tour. Its a bleak song for sure.
    When phantom ships with phantom sails set to sea on phantom tides.

  18. Luther T. Justice Says:

    I use Samba in the Rain when I’m dieting. It makes my appetite disappear.

  19. angryjoggerz Says:

    Haha, Samba in the Rain. I guess I am just cheezey , but I like that one (sort of) as well. Pretty much only Easy Answers, Corrina and I Fought the Law ever turned me off live.

  20. kayatosh Says:

    11.11.73 DS — $$$.

    the later era stella that grabbed me recently was actually 6-18-89 not 10-21-88.

    comes a time, days between — spine tinglers.

    for comes a time, besides the aformentioned 5-9-77, try 5-16-78 for a looser version.

  21. KWL Says:


  22. Luther T. Justice Says:

    Summer flies & August dies, the world grows dark & mean

    That’s the line that kept coming to me in the days following Jerry’s passing.

  23. kayatosh Says:

    @palm: if you don’t already know, check out 4-2-73 HCS for an extendo version.

  24. Luther T. Justice Says:

    If you like a little Trey in your Grateful Dead music, and you haven’t heard 10-20-07. Get to DLing already. Epic 2nd set.

  25. voopa Says:


    “Do you guys love when you’re out an outdoor festi or show and that guitar tone just pierces thru the night?”

    Greek Tweezer

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